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Fun funky mixology

Ground floor Vayakorn Guesthouse, Nokeokoummane St, Vientiane
T: (021) 244 288 

Deja Vu

Vientiane’s nightlife may not be the most raucous in Southeast Asia but if you know where to look there are great little spots with creative people doing great things, like at Deja Vu.

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After a decade at Nam Phou fountain, Deja Vu has found a new home as of 2017, just a street away. It remains an enticing spot.

A single long bar dominates the narrow room illuminated by lava lamps. It feels like stepping into that cool friend’s bedroom you were so envious of when growing up, full of collectable toys and road signs. The atmosphere is welcoming and fun, but don’t assume the drinks aren’t taken seriously. There’s a menu but no one uses it. Just leave it to the owner who is a maestro mixologist.

Trained in Tokyo, Say has some exotic and exciting cocktails up his tattooed sleeves. He’s laidback and easy to chat to, and your initial conversation has him profiling you for your personal perfect cocktail. Tell him what you like (strong, sour, fruity, bitter), your favourite colour, your mood or what’s off-limits (“I haven’t had tequila since the summer of 2013 when I woke up missing a toe”) and let him rustle you up a drink that, more often than not, hits the spot.

Say is Lao and speaks an insane number of languages including English and Japanese. He still divides his time between Vientiane and Tokyo which means the bar tends to be open for a month, then closed for a month. Cross your fingers and pray to the Lord of the Drink that he is in town when you are. As he is friendly and sociable, the bar attracts the same clientele.

Each cocktail is around 50,000 kip. A warning: he has the occasional habit of offering a shot of absinthe or vodka on the house to see you (stumbling) on your way back to your hotel. Hiccup.

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Deja Vu
Ground floor Vayakorn Guesthouse, Nokeokoummane St, Vientiane
Mon-Sat 18:00-23:30
T: (021) 244 288 

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